Saturday, June 23, 2018

Update : Fiddling / Restoration of Jinbao ( Jin Bao ) Oversized KO Feral Rex a.k.a. Predaking 金宝 冲云霄

With the release of the POTP Predaking, I cannot help but reach for my old Jinbao KO Oversized Feral Rex and fiddle around with it... and to do the restorations that I did not do last time... or upgrade the restoration... First up, I removed the old non-slip mat on the gestalt feet and rip off the hot glue that was used to form the surface for sticking... not as easy... luckily got the help of the label-remove liquid bought from Daiso, else, the super sticky goo from the double side tape is very stubborn.... Used a thick foam mat to cut out the shape and then cut out the holes and depressions needed to fit into the cavity... Done!!!! As good as the previous non-slip mat method...


Tested out if the buffalo and rhino are able to still mount the feet-cannon on their backs... OK!


Next, I wanted to attach the tail and the robot-face-cover to Leo Dux's beast mode, but found out that the tail is overly oversized and cannot attach onto the twin cannons in robot mode via the intended pegs/tabs. Also, Jinbao added 2 extra tabs on the tail pieces for tabbing into the gestalt hand which will allow Feral Rex to hold the weapon's handle, so I have to cut off the extra tabs only on 1 side. This will allow Feral Rex to still hold the weapon's handle (Leo Dux tail) if needed next time...


And realized the 2 sides to cut off are the same side, hahahaha... Then I cut and slowly trim the 2 tabs to fit onto the twin cannons of Leo Dux...


Also manage to find the way to attach the robot-face cover to the tail halves, which allows me to store everything on Leo Dux robot mode...


Then my hands get itchy and I decided to correctly swap back the animal feet of Bovis and Fortis... and broke 1 of the ball joint peg in the process... and injured my palm while trying to remove the broke-off ball peg from the socket... sigh... still, finally manage to repair the peg... Luckily... and also painted Fortis's rhino feet to black... All done!!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TF (210) - Takara Legends LG-61 Clonetron Set : Decepticons Clones Pounce and Wingspan

Finally found 1 in Taobao that will be slightly lesser priced ( which is quite rare ) than local seller... Very happy to get this set as I have not been able to find the KO of the G1 counterpart, and the legit G1 ones are quite expensive... So when I learnt that TT is releasing these as a set, I thought of buying 1 for collection... but was not able to do so due to pricing and such, until now... very happy... Can't remember the exact price, but should be less than SGD44...



Beast mode are quite nice, though the bird/eagle/whatever does not look like the G1 bird. It looks more realistic though... The cat/jaguar/tiger/whatever looks good though...


I had to tighten up 3 out of the 4 knee joints for these 2 figures which I felt was too loose... but now 1 of them seem to be a teeny bit too tight, hahahaha... but ok, am already very happy...


Robot height comparison with my KO Autobot Clone... not sure if the KO Autobot Clone is oversized or not... Finally completed both Autobot and Decepticon clone sets (regardless of versions) !!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Homemade Infinity Gauntlet

My 4th time playing around making stuff with EVA foam but first time painting it... Wanted to make it entirely of EVA foam. but later had to use a cheap welding glove to act as the fingers' structure... Used black colour glass paint to paint as base colour but prove to be a bad choice as the paint is sticky and sticks to each other especially at the fingers and thumb part even when dry. Luckily the acrylic gold paint saves the day when applied... The gems comes with a silver coating that I had to scrape off to allow the SMD LEDs to shine the light through... Not a very good piece but am already very happy, considering this is my birthday present made for myself, hahahahaha...


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TF and KO (209) - Power of the Primes POTP Rodimus Prime , Mech Fans Toys MFT Mech-Zero Megotroun a.k.a. Megatron

Collected my haul from Taobao yesterday... First up, Power fo the Primes POTP Rodimus Prime... I ordered a loose item (without box) but seller sends a boxed version instead, and thus started the battle of volumetric shipping weight with my Taobao agent... luckily resolved.... The stock were supposedly factory rejects,leaks, etc or perhaps could even be KOs... Nevertheless, they are still a pile of plastic of reasonable quality, so ok for me... Total price is SGD54.35, which is quite a huge difference from my local TRU price of about SGD99 ... I like the Rodimus Prime design, and since I am mostly displaying my TF, the weird shoulder joints don't really bother me...though I might try to do something if I have spare time...



Edit : Could be a factory reject, as it is missing the flame stickers on 1 side of the trailer... hahahaha...


Also gotten the Mech Fans Toys MFT Mech-Zero Megotroun a.k.a. Megatron, at SGD 20.20 ... Quite a nice face sculpt... direct copy from MP version... hahahaha...


Be careful not to loose the small bag which contains the microphone piece for the Mind-control helmet...



Also gotten a plastic-chromed Autobot car insignia at SGD2.50 for my car...


MFT Meg video ...



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Restoration 3 - KO Combiner Wars Combaticon / Bruticus - Slots for Gestalt Chest Plate Tabs

This KO CW Onslaught uses CW Hotspot's mold for the shoulder piece, so there are no slots for the gestalt chest plate's tabs to fit in, causing the shoulder pieces to move together when you rotate the gestalt arms... So, could not resist the temptation to restore this part, and did this in about 2 hours (!!!) ... Hahahaha... Yah, took so long to cut 2 slots as I was also watching my variety show while doing this restoration... I initially thought I can just drill 2 holes at each end of a slot and use a penknife to cut out the slot, but the plastic prove too hard, so I end up having to disassemble the shoulder piece and cut the slot... Picture below shows 1 slot done...


Picture below shows the tabbing in the chest plate as in the original mold design... Works well!


Not much difference in appearance, but stability of shoulder pieces are achieved... I still prefer the arms of Onslaught to be hidden in gestalt mode...


Back view of Bruticus to show my arrangement of Onslaught's arms...


And finally the side view...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Restoration 2 - KO Combiner Wars Combaticon / Bruticus - Other Restoration and Paint Touch Up

Did a few touch up here and there for my KO CW Combaticons / Bruticus. Some touch ups include: (1) Swindle's wheel-rims are painted silver, face also painted with metallic black.



And just realised this KO Swindle's gun is the newer version that has tabs to allow the gun to tab at around the shoulder area!!!



(2) Vortex head, arms, missiles and torso are painted over to reduce the number of colours, as the previous scheme is too colourful...


(3) Onslaught's wheel-rims and Bruticus head are also painted silver.



(4) Brawl - cut a small piece of 1.5/2mm ABS and paste inside the gestalt foot hole, which the gestalt foot connector will not be able to go as inner as before. This will make Brawl same height as Swindle in leg mode.


(5) KO PE hands and feet are also painted. I first sprayed a layer of "aluminium" colour, but the surface looks too dull. Even after I spray silver over, the shiny appearance is unable to be achieved. To make things worse, the KO PE hand-feet plastic does not allow the spray paint to adhere well to it.


Some other miscellaneous restorations like tightening of some looser joints are also done with various degree of success... And now my KO CW Bruticus looks like this... nice...



Short video clip of the KOs...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Restoration - KO Combiner Wars Combaticons : Onslaught Knee Joints, Vortex Waist Retainer

The KO Combiner Wars Onslaught came with the knee linkages assembled wrongly, hence I decided to try restoring it. First, I unscrew and open up the lower leg. Take note not to loose the combiner port piece that has a spring. As seen in the picture, the triangular protruding knob of the last link should be placed facing the back of leg... I knock out the pin with a small screw driver and the flat side of a pair of small wire-cutters to disassemble the link...


Reverse the link (with the triangular protruding knob facing the back of leg - see picture) and assemble link back...


The correctly assembled linkage (top leg in pitcure), compared to the wrong assembly (lower leg in picture)...


The KO CW Onslaught has a new screw post molded to allow the 2 pieces of the lower leg to be tighter, but this screw post will block the linkage from locking in robot mode. So I cut it off with a pair of wire-cutters, and trim nicely with a pen-knife...


The proper locked-in knee joint should look like this...


A comparison of the restored knee joint with the mis-assembled one...


Now Onslaught has restored legs. This knee configuration makes Onslaught shorter a little bit, but allows a better swing of the knee rotation.


Next is KO CW Vortex. The waist is not able to stay in position in robot mode. Hence I added a key (circled in yellow as seen in picture below) on the central position. The key is done using tissue paper and super-glue mixed. then trimming is done to ensure a smooth "clicking" of the waist..


Just a very very small part of the key is seen in robot mode, so this does not affect the aesthetics of Vortex's robot mode...


The added key also not hindering in helicopter mode...



As with other KOs, I have to tighten some of the joints for a better and smoother handling and transformation. Next will probably be gluing up the feet ( hence no more gun mode ) and painting up some parts...